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2018-01/08 Before the Voice is Lost with Stacy Dyson

Date: cancelled Time:  Number of sessions: 8--Mondays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 Members: $240 + materials fee Nonmembers: $288 + materials fee Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Before the Voice is Lost creates a record (audio and visual) of the life and times of San Diego’s 60+ crowd. This project will culminate in an anthology, performances, and a series of recordings.

Storytelling is recognized as a therapeutic strategy that can help prevent Alzheimer’s, and as a way to enhance life in later years as a memory aid/exercise. There is also evidence of a spiritual benefit.

In addition, too many of the stories of an entire generation are in danger of being lost because of:

  • Lack of interest on the part of family members
  • Disinclination of people to “boast” about an achievement/accomplishment (“we just did what needed to be done”)
  • Disinclination to make public personal information
  • Perception of lack of interest (“Oh, nobody wants to hear those old stories,” etc.)
  • Lack of familiarity with technologies that preserve/archive stories/ experience
  • Thinking that there’s “always time to do it later”

The stories will feature:

  • Folk tales—stories from various cultural backgrounds, excluding the very well known legends, etc.
  • Family—tales passed down (fiction/non-fiction/tradition) from generation to generation
  • Personal experience—reflections on the “reality of history” from people who were actually there observing, making, being part of history
  • Relationships—old love stories, ‘the one that got away”, best boy/girl friends, etc.
  • Changing roles—this generation has, more than most, experienced change in gender and social /political mores
  • Technology—again, this demographic has seen technological changes that their grandparents couldn’t even dream of. They’ve also seen these technologies introduced more rapidly than any other generation. “What was it like the first time you saw TV,” used a microwave, etc.


Audio recordings and performance times will be chosen by the group after the first class.

There will be a materials fee added to this class of $10.


Stacy Dyson is a Black female poet who explores, illustrates, and illuminates the history, self-image, philosophy, life and times of the Black woman. Ms Dyson has done onewoman shows in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, California, Nebraska, and all over Colorado. She has published six chapbooks and released five spoken word CDs. Her play FANNIE’S GIRLS: A 4-1-1 IN 5-PART ATTITUDE won the 2000 Colorado Women’s Playwriting Festival. Former Poet Laureate for Imagination Celebration (Colorado Springs) and the CEO/lead poet of DragonsWing,(Colorado) and Page to Stage:Women’s Voices (San Diego),she was also a 2009 Nominee for Poet Laureate for the State of Colorado. A featured performer for venues all over San Diego, she has also been a TEDx speaker. Future projects include a new album Follow Me On This and a new play, August 5000.


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